Recycling an Old Digital Camera

My girlfriend's trusty digital camera died shortly ago, the casualty of one too many laborious hikes and the dust, dirt and physical stresses placed upon it while traveling. She's currently taken to my point and shoot as a backup, but she wanted to know what she could do with the unit that probably would work again with some repairs after she finds permanent replacement (she's likely just going to get the same model; it has a superior macro to the more expensive S90, if you can believe it).

Our digital camera died the other day, and after saying our tearful goodbyes, we started to wonder what we should do with it. Throwing electronic waste in the trash or even our curbside recycling bin is a no-no. Fortunately, we found lots of other ways to recycle a digital camera.

Donate it: If the camera still works, consider giving it to a school, youth program, animal shelter, nature center, or another organization. Many charities and non-profits could use a digital camera, so just ask around!

Recycle it for charity: Another way to benefit others is to send the camera to Recycling for Charities. This organization refurbishes or recycles electronics and donates the value to the charity of your choice. For cameras, the donation amount is at least $1 and up to $100.

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Sell it: Avoid the hassle of Ebay auctions and Craigslist sales by sending your camera to Gazelle. This service will provide you with a postage-paid box, pay market value for your old gadget, and then resell or recycle it. Even if your camera is in poor condition or has no value, you can still send it to Gazelle for recycling.

Trade it: Some national retailers like Best Buy, Radio Shack, and Costco offer store credit in exchange for digital cameras, even if originally bought elsewhere.

Return it: Check with the manufacturer to see if they have a recycling program, either through the mail or a drop-off location. We've found programs from Canon, Samsung, and Panasonic, for example.

Do you have any other suggestions?

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Originally posted by Emily Ho/Re-Nest

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